One interesting characteristic of wines is their incredible ageing capability. Did you know that the world’s oldest wine which was bottled in the year 1825 is still drinkable today? 192 years after. Infact, some of the tasters that attended the wine opening ceremony attested that it tasted better than some of its younger counterparts. That’s how long some wine stay ‘alive’ and edible. Centuries. Phenomenal, you would say!
In the same light, there are a number of books that have been around for a while and have retained their legitimacy & credibility even after thousands of years – for instance, the books of our different religions are a perfect example. Indeed, old truth never dies.
The thing is, it is tempting to get overly excited on the discovery of a ‘new truth’, but infact, there is really no new truth. There are only old truth that happens to new people. You call it new because you just found it, while it is stale to some other people who have discovered it a long time ago. That’s humbling, isn’t it?
Turns out the more we access new knowledge, the more we get to see what we don’t know. The more you know, the more you know that you don’t know. These days, it’s like for every one new thing you learn, you get to find out three other things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
This quote by the former US secretary of state, Donald Rumsfeld sums it all and it goes, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns — the things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns — things we don’t know we don’t know”. Turns out again that known knowledge (the first kind) is the lowest on the rung and once again, this should keep us humble. King Solomon had this to say on this subject: “…of making many books (knowledge), there is no end…”. It’s like an abyss.
The takeaway then is: the amount of knowledge in this life is too deep and wide that only shallow people think they know something at all. So, you better stay humble, stay hungry and stay foolish!
Here’s an aside: I am excited to introduce you to an e-friend, Matt Karamazov. I stumbled on his post on quora (the most stupid and wisest platform on the planet…lol…those who are hooked know what I am talking about, lol) and how he has read 466 books at the moment and racing towards 1000 before age 30. Wow!….must beat this.
Whatever you do, you need these kind of people in your life. People who make you know that you are not doing enough and push you to see new possibilities. I am so enjoying this journey!